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Ravens sign punter Johnny Townsend, WR DeAndrew White; WR Jaleel Scott has frustrating day

The Ravens signed punter Johnny Townsend and wide receiver DeAndrew White, the team announced Tuesday.

Townsend was seen with the rest of the specialists at the beginning of Tuesday’s practice, and he participated in punting drills. The 25-year-old was selected in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL draft by the Oakland Raiders, averaging 43.2 yards per punt in his rookie season.

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Midway through practice, White joined his teammates for team drills. White, 28, signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 as an undrafted free agent and has bounced around with several teams, including the Houston Texans and Carolina Panthers.

Since padded practices began, the Ravens have placed cornerback Iman Marshall (knee) and Antoine Wesley (shoulder) on injured reserve. The departure of safety Earl Thomas III, whose contract the team terminated Sunday, left the roster count at 77, three below the league-mandated 80-man limit. Several players have also missed consecutive days of practice with injuries that coach John Harbaugh said are minor, leaving the team thin at camp bodies.

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The Ravens’ roster now stands at 79 players. Teams must cut down to 53 players by 4 p.m. on Sept. 5.

Extra points

  • Ten players were missing from Tuesday’s practice: wide receiver Chris Moore (finger), running backs Kenjon Barner and Justice Hill, cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Josh Nurse, outside linebacker Pernell McPhee, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, tight ends Eli Wolf and Nick Boyle and defensive lineman Derek Wolfe.
  • Wide receiver Jaleel Scott had a frustrating day. He was overthrown on a would-be long touchdown pass and had another deep shot bounce off his outstretched hands shortly thereafter. Frustrated, the third-year Raven threw his helmet, which rolled down a hill behind the end zone and to the edge of nearby woods. Later in practice, Scott had a nice jump-ball touchdown catch over cornerback Marcus Peters soured by an uncomfortable landing. He lay down on the field for a few minutes, seemingly feeling some pain in his midsection, before being helped up by athletic trainers.
  • Guard Ben Powers was asked to play some center and did not fare well with his pistol snaps. In one three-play span, he sent two balls over quarterback Robert Griffin III’s head, leading to a place along the sideline and an earful from offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris.

Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer contributed to this report.

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